Le Terrazze Marche Le Cave Chardonnay 2008
The story of Fattoria Le Terrazze goes back to 1882 when the winery was established on the hills surrounding Numana. Since the late nineteenth century, the Terni family has been growing Montepulciano grapes and transforming them into wine.
Under the guidance of winemaker Federico Curtaz, Antonio and Georgina Terni today produce around 90,000 bottles per year from their 16 hectares of vineyards.
The Conero is a particularly interesting area for red wines. Its most typical product is in fact Rosso Conero, available both as a DOC wine and as the Sassi Neri DOCG Reserve.
In addition to Rosso Conero, Fattoria Le Terrazze also produces IGT Chaos, a wine resulting from a blend of Montepulciano, Syrah and Merlot, Chardonnay Le Cave, Pinkfluid Rosé and Donna Giulia, a sparkler made entirely from Montepulciano grapes.
Furthermore, the estate produces extra-virgin olive oil of excellent quality from their olive groves of the Frantoio, Leccino and Pendolino varieties which surround the estate.
Stretching along Italy’s eastern coast with neighbors, Umbria to its west and Abruzzo to its south, Marche is a region with a varying climate from north to south. Its coastal plains roll into hills that become the Apennine Mountains, which run the length of the country. The Marche's best red wines come from the grapes, Montepulciano and Sangiovese; the local Verdicchio makes refreshing, crisp and light whites.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.